Black Lives Matter featuring the works of Andre Wagner.

With Andre Wagner’s approval, here is something I designed to share my take on the on-going battle of being a black person in this world.
No words can simply describe the importance of our existence. In short, We are HUMAN and our lives matter.

-Aaron Yeboah Jr.

The work that I do involves all the things I find interesting. Art is an incredible excuse to pay more attention to what gets you going in the morning. Right now, most of what gets me going involves some combination of pretty girls, slick threads and men of dubious morality.
I'm fortunate enough that people like to pay for this sort of stuff. I plan on having more of them do so in the future so I can continue to eat, drink and be merrily covered with ink.
Magnificent illustrations by illustrator/author Vincent Nappi.
Vincent Nappi has written and published The Bordello: Sucker's Game
a must have graphic novel for crime/noir genre fans (Purchase here)

Connect with Vincent Nappi via:
Webpage | Tumblr | Print Shop | Twitter

PS: Vincent Nappi was kind enough to share his thoughts on creativity for Creativity Decoded project.
Check it out HERE.

Refreshing photos by 20 year old aspiring photographer known as DidiWho.
Originally from Democratic Republic of Congo, DidiWho is currently studying and living in Belgium.

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Cool chair design made of silk thread and oak frame.
AlviSilkChair is designed by Sweden-based furniture designer Alvi Design.

 London-based Ghanaian artist Edward Ofosu has been in touch with news of his 
upcoming Ipad art exhibition titled A journey with the new.
The exhibition will be held at Prince of Wales Surgery in London.
The opening night for the exhibition is on Thursday, 27th November 2014 from 6pm to 9pm.
More information via Edward Ofosu's webpage.

Artist Statement:
In July 2013, I created Coloured Conversations, an online project aimed at exploring race through art. The project began out of a need to create a space wherein the process through which one becomes racialized and gendered could be explored, critiqued and redefined.
More importantly, I believe in the power of black art as a way to facilitate a process of self-determination.
Much of my artwork consists of portraits of black women that paint them in bright colors and with a self-assured gaze that forces the viewer to reconsider their own misconceptions about black female identity. My two main mediums are oil pastels, watercolors and acrylic paint. In using watercolors, I tend to explore the realm of fashion illustration, which tends to be just as dominated by white visions of beauty as the fashion industry itself. In the past year I’ve had several opportunities to share my art and message.
In October 2013. I participated in the Congress of Black Writers and Artist and gave a talk about the relationship between black art and black power. This past February, I also had the opportunity to participate in a group art exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts that explored the history and identity of Black Canadians.
Beautiful artworks by artist Kosisochukwu Nnebe.
Kosisochukwu Nnebe's name  which means “as it pleases God” in Igbo is a reminder 
of her Nigerian heritage, and one of the main things that ties her back to it. 
Kosisochukwu Nnebe is currently based in Montreal doing a double major in 
economics and international development studies at McGill University.

Connect with Kosisochukwu Nnebe via:
Webpage | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr 

PS:Kosisochukwu Nnebe was kind enough to share her thoughts on creativity for Creativity Decoded project. Check it out HERE

As promised, here my interview with artist Xinjian Lu. In our interview, Xinjian Lu shared his artistic journey, thoughts on creativity, inspiration behind his paintings, favorite spot in Shanghai,  plus more. Enjoy! 

Was it always your dream to be an artist?

Yes, as a child I wanted to paint but I didn't know what it was like to be an artist, I just had some vague and romantic images of ancient artists.

How have you grown and evolved, and how different is it now compared to when you first started?

As a child in elementary, I met an intern teacher who appreciated my drawings a lot and introduced me to an art institute. To be honest, though the idea of attending university was too big for me at that time, I started to dream to be an artist. It has been a very long and difficult path.
I didn't even know how to find a good teacher in the beginning. We could only have an hour of drawing class every week, but most of the teachers had no experience in art. I met an English teacher who saw my art talent. He encouraged and supported me to pursue my dream. Luckily, I got accepted at Nanjing Art Institute in 1998, I asked my teacher’s advice which direction I should go. I was hoping to study art, but he said I had no idea in color philosophy and always mixed colors like shit.

Meanwhile, he addressed the important fact that I was very poor and it was better to study something which I could make fast money. I decided to study graphic design. After many years of traveling around the world, deep in my heart I still had the desire to be an artist. Again, I still didn't know how to start.
With the help of my professor Petri Leijdekkers, who was the director of Frank Mohr Institute in the Netherlands, he admired my work, bought me art books and advised me on how to progress. Eventually, I found my way and created some sexy works.

Last June, I invited Petri and his wife to my solo show opening at Hua Gallery London. He was very proud of me when he stood in front of my paintings.
We said we will make another toast for my Amsterdam art show opening in 2015.

What is the most important factor to you when working on a project?

My work is kind of a meditation, It takes a lot of time to make one painting. I usually work in a quiet room with some nice music, like jazz and blues, sometimes when I am tired, tago and flamenco can cheer me up. My wife always tells me: Xinjian, your music taste is really strange.

What is the inspiration behind City Streams and City DNA paintings?

At a point in time I was going through depression. I made a lot of expressive paintings and somehow I got lost. My professor Petri Leijdekkers advised me to stop making paintings and read books in order to understand what the working process and philosophy of other masters were. I was inspired by Piet Mondrian and De Stiji's books. I often pondered for nothing with some green tea in my balcony until one day, I was deeply moved by the trail of stars in the sky and the edges of buildings. I immediately drew those lines on a sketch book. From that I completed 10 drawings, showed and discussed with Petri what I was looking for in those sketches. He was proud of me and encouraged me to keep on going. The first City DNA painting was a rendition of downtown Groningen, I was studying and living there then. The painting was based on an aerial photo which I made on the top of Martini tower. Later on, I moved from photo to the Google Earth which is very convenient to choose locations and zoom in/out.

Besides art what else are you passionate about?

I mainly work at home, so food is very important. I enjoy cooking for family and friends. Besides that, I like to travel.

What is your favorite food to cook?

I normally make Chinese food, mainly from South of China. The food is light and a bit sweet. Sometimes, I cook Spanish food, like paella.

Which country has been your favorite as far as travels?

It’s hard to answer this question, every country has its own attractions. Generally, I prefer to travel Europe. I do hope to go to Africa one day. I want to see the wild animals, landscapes, cultures and art.

In your opinion how will you define creativity?

Creativity is creating something that is mind blowing and changing our perspective. Moreover, creativity can stimulate us to think and imagine.

Where is your favorite spot in Shanghai?

The old Shanghai French concession is a beautiful place to walk around. It has lots of beautiful roads with big trees, nice restaurants, caf├ęs, and galleries.

What do you like most about what you do?

I love the freedom and medication.

City DNA / New York, 140x190cm, acrylic on canvas, 2009
City Stream / Shanghai No.1, 150x200cm, acrylic on canvas, 2014
Xinjian Lu: Webpage

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